Are cat photos actually good for us?
Some would argue that the best part of the Internet is its ability to bring countless pictures and videos into our lives. With the click of a button or a glance at our phone, adorable videos, hilarious memes and celebrity cats can instantly delight us. Our friends and families share them, we delight in them, we post them on social media – but are cat photos actually good for us?
Some scientists have addressed this question and they have determined that the answer is “yes!” Better news has never been shared in the scientific community!
Is your cat a healer?
A new study by an Indiana University Media School researcher has shown that viewing photos and videos of cats being adorable (so basically, cats just being cats) can actually improve our mood.
These positive experiences can:
- Increase our energy,
- Boost our positive emotions and decrease our negative feelings.
Assistant professor Jessica Gall Myrick claims that people who took part in their study felt fewer negative emotions immediately after watching a cat video or seeing a cute picture. They experienced a reduction in emotions like anxiety, sadness and irritation. They also claimed that they felt more energetic and positive overall.
Are you the kind of person who likes to take a break at work to watch cat videos, or even share them amongst your colleagues? You aren’t procrastinating; you’re boosting workplace morale! The same study showed that a regular cat video break might even improve focus and boost concentration.
To watch cat videos or not, that is the question!
Myrick wants us to know that they shouldn’t feel guilty for our cat video dalliances. “Even if they are watching cat videos on YouTube to procrastinate or while they should be working, the emotional pay-off may actually help people take on tough tasks afterward.”
Some of the other positive experiences reported by those who took place in the study included:
- They felt a boost in energy and overall positive emotions in the hours after the viewing
- After watching cat videos and seeing cat related media, they felt fewer negative emotions and experienced less anxiety, stress and sadness
- They like to watch internet cat videos while studying or at work
- While some people felt a bit of guilt over their procrastination, the positive experiences outweighed this guilt
To conclude: watching cat videos IS good for us after all!